|IDEAL CITY 2010
audio and video installation based on reenacted text quotes
King Camp Gillette: The Human Drift (Boston, 1894) / World Corporation.
The birth of social and industrial science (Boston, 1910) /
The People‘s Corporation (New York, 1924)
wood, megaphone speakers, rear projection plexi
speaker: Jeff Kollinger
sound: Jan Faszbender
duration: 15 min
research about King Camp Gillette‘s texts and technological
utopianism in American culture (Howard P. Segal) found its
first outcome in „Ideal City“. The installation
consists out of a speaker‘s desk that holds a rear
projection screen. Instead of microphones a propaganda speech
can be heard out of two speakers on the desk. The speech
is a collage of quotes from Gillette‘s books. A male
voice explains and advertises his concept of the „human
drift“, the utopian future city „Metropolis“
located in the vincinity of Niagara Falls and an utopian
society which is framed by the „World Corporation“.
The projected video shows the Niagara Falls today –
the buildings, the masses of tourists, the ships etc. –
and combines it with Gillette‘s drawings of Metropolis
and his pamphlets advertising World Corporation.